Home Buyer's Blog

Smokey Bear famously said, “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” But what about fires closer to home? What steps can you take to reduce risks to yourself, your loved ones, and your property? Here are three home fire hazards that may be lurking in your home, along with tips to prevent them.

Some homes receive higher marks than others based on one factor: the property’s location within a top-ranked school district. With summer drawing to a close and students returning to classrooms, it’s an excellent time to consider the connection between schools and housing.

If you’ve just bought a home, there’s a good chance most of your savings were invested in your purchase. You know it’s a good idea to build up an emergency fund, but it may be even harder to save. Here are a few tips for determining your emergency fund savings goals and reaching them.

Windows play an essential role in any home, allowing vital natural light to enter your living space and offering appealing views to the outside world. But what if your windows are a source of concern? Should you replace them?

Buying your first home can be an eye-opening experience, in terms of encountering unfamiliar documents and forms. After closing on your home, don’t be surprised if you start receiving confusing correspondence related to your purchase. Examine these inquiries cautiously, staying alert for potential scams!

Are you first in line to buy new technology products? Or do you prefer taking a wait-and-see approach? If you’re thinking about going “smart” with the appliances in your kitchen and laundry areas, consider these advantages and disadvantages.

Mold is a type of fungus that grows everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Just because it's common doesn't mean you should ignore it. If mold takes up residence, it can pose potentially dangerous issues to your health and your home.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a “touch-free” move? In theory, it sounds ideal. However, if you hire a professional mover to transfer all the contents of your house from one location to another, there are some things they’ll refuse to touch—and some items you'll WANT to handle yourself.

As a homeowner, there’s substantial pride and satisfaction in having a roof over your head. But what if your roof has reached the end of the line and needs to be replaced? How can you tell if “it’s time”—and what are your options?

Real or fake? When it comes to lawns, the decision may be a coin toss. Check out these pros and cons of using artificial turf to improve the appearance of your yard and manage lawn chores.

The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but if your kitchen leaves you feeling heartsick, it's time to make some changes. Here are seven ways to give your kitchen a facelift, even if you're on a tight budget.

Many subdivisions, planned communities, and multi-unit buildings have a homeowners association (HOA) that makes and enforces rules for the community. If you’re interested in buying a home that’s governed by an HOA, be sure to investigate these and other potential pain points.

When a garage door is located on the front side of a home, it has an enormous impact on curb appeal. Fortunately, there are many excellent ways to remedy an ugly garage door situation.

Light is a marvelous interior design tool. As a homeowner, you can use it to express your personality, set a mood, enhance your enjoyment of living spaces, and much more. Here are a few ways to bring lighting strategies into your home, like a pro.

Once you've found a house you'd like to purchase, it's time to take a closer look at purchase contracts and get acquainted with contract contingencies. Here's a quick run-down of some of the most important considerations.

After you’ve closed on your home purchase, you may be surprised to see photos of your home still being displayed on property websites. Why does this happen? And what can you do about it?

Many homebuyers love dogs but don’t always love the results of having a dog (or two) in the house. Here are a few ways to reduce the downsides of pet ownership while enjoying all the perks.

Spring is the perfect time to plan a summer garden. Don’t let a lack of yard space squash your green thumb. If you get creative with container gardening, small outdoor areas can be lush with fruits and vegetables, ready to pick and eat.

You've tested your home and discovered radon gas. What are your next steps? For starters, consider these common questions on radon mitigation options, costs, and more.

Buying a home is a big deal! You may be overflowing with excitement and nervous anticipation—and brimming with questions. Of course, you want to talk about it! Who wouldn’t? However, sometimes it's more important to hit the pause button.